Admissions FAQs

Your questions, answered.

How do I contact Admissions?

For general admissions enquiries or enquiries regarding fees or payments, please use our enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)7984042639.

How do I arrange a visit to the school?

We hold regular tours for individual or small groups of parents and bigger open days throughout the year. To book a slot at an Open Day, you can book directly through our Eventbrite page. To book an individual tour, please contact Admissions using the enquiry form here.

Do you accept childcare vouchers?

Heathside does not currently accept Government Childcare Vouchers. However, we do accept certain private vouchers provided by some employers which subsidise childcare for their employees.

There are numerous private schemes available, and Heathside is signed up to many of these voucher schemes. Regrettably, we can only accept vouchers for the private schemes for which we are members. Alternatively, please contact us for more information.

When is the earliest I can register my child?

We recommend that you register as soon as possible after birth to have the best chance of receiving an offer. Children can start at Heathside from their 2nd birthday.

I’ve received an offer of a place. How long do I have before I have to commit?

Once you have received your offer of a place, you have 2 weeks to complete the acceptance form and pay the deposit. If you have uncertain relocation plans or need more time, please let the Admissions team know and we will do our best to accommodate.

Does my child need to be assessed?

Heathside is not academically selective and we do not hold formal assessments. Instead, parents are invited to attend a tour. After the tour, if you wish to proceed, you should register  your child and pay the £100 registration fee. Your child will then be invited to join us for a taster day or session (depending on their age) with us so they can experience a typical day at Heathside. We find this provides the best opportunity to determine if there is a good fit between your child and the school. We may ask for a previous school report and other relevant information. We may also contact the child’s current school (if applicable) for further information.

Why would you need to contact my child’s previous school?

This is due to government legislation and guidelines. All schools are routinely in contact with each other to confirm joining and leaving dates to ensure that children do not have gaps in their education. All schools also regularly are in contact to provide confidential references on students.

My child has special needs – can Heathside cater for this?

Heathside is an inclusive school with a very experienced SEND department. To understand your child’s needs and any additional resources that may be required, please contact us.

It is essential that you mention any additional needs in your Registration Form so we can help you faster and put you in touch with relevant staff.

I have accepted an offer of a place – how do I order lunches and uniform etc?

Once the place has been accepted and as we get closer to your child’s start date, you will be sent login details to set up an account with WisePay, Heathside’s online payment system. This is usually sent shortly before your child joins the school. If you require any assistance with your WisePay account, please contact us.This account enables you to book school lunches, clubs and trips. School uniform is purchased from our supplier Uniform4kids.

How do I pay school fees?

Fees are invoiced termly, in advance, and paid via Direct Debit.

Can my child be admitted to Heathside mid-year?

Yes. Occasional places do come up mid-year dependent on waiting lists. Many Heathside parents have international careers and do sometimes need to relocate in year.

Please enquire as soon as possible, and we will try our best to accommodate your plans.

How much notice does the school need if our family has to leave for any reason?

Written notice must be given one full term in advance for withdrawal from school to avoid a full term’s fees in lieu charge being incurred. If you wish to give notice, please contact our Bursar.

Does Heathside publish a prospectus?

Yes. Click here to download a copy of our prospectus.

Can I defer my child’s start date?

Once you have registered your child, you may wish to defer your child’s start date to another term or year. We will shift your child to the appropriate waiting list for the desired year group as necessary.

How do I apply to other Dukes Education schools?

Our pupils will move onto the school that best suits their attainment and aptitude whether at 11+ or 13+. We prepare them for the school that is right for them, and our experienced teachers will help support your child at every step of the way.

It may be that another Dukes school is suitable for your child. If so, we are happy to advise and recommend them, and one of the benefits of being part of the Dukes Education family is that we can offer priority entrance to your child.

Priority access means that a pupil at one of Dukes school enjoys preferential entry to another, but it is not a guarantee of acceptance. Each school has its own admissions criteria, and an assessment process for entry, and every pupil needs to meet the minimum criteria. A child that meets the eligibility criteria to join another Dukes school moves straight to the front of the queue. This can take a good deal of uncertainty and stress out of the 11+ and 13+ process.

If pupils prefer to continue on to a Dukes senior school, we may be able to confirm acceptance during Year 5, subject to meeting the entrance criteria.

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